Chengdu, China
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Get up close to giant pandas during a private tour of the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center from Chengdu. Volunteer alongside dedicated animal keepers to record behavior, clean enclosures and prepare food for the adorable mammals. Ensure the endangered species continue to prosper in the wild and in enclosures with your valued support and gain fascinating insight into the behavior and physiology of the animals. Capture photgraphs with the pandas to immortalize you memories (own expense) and enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and convenient round-trip transportation on this tour.
  • Private full-day volunteer tour at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center
  • Learn to record panda activities as you observe the behavior of China's favorite bears
  • Support the staff with their cleaning and feeding duties at the non-profit research facility
  • Spend free time touring the area with your knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy lunch at the on-site cafeteria
  • Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle from Chengdu included
Depart from your Chengdu hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the scenic drive to the non-profit research center, located at the foot of a sacred mountain. Transfer to an excursion bus and ascend to the site’s summit to observe resident pandas co-existing happily in replicas of their natural habitats. 

Greet the professional panda keepers and listen to a short orientation sessions, in which the day’s itinerary is outlined. Participate in your first feeding session, preparing fruit, vegetables and special panda cakes and feeding them to the majestic mammals. Revitalize with a traditional lunch after the fist few hours of volunteering, then spend an hour strolling the gorgeous gardens of the enclosures. 

Return to your duties by cleaning indoor and outdoor panda enclosures and recording their behavior and weight. After feeding the pandas a second time, explore the panda center at leisure; use the computers and watch adorable panda videos at the volunteer service centre if you wish. 

After a busy day of volunteering, receive a complimentary t-shirt and certificate that congratulates your valuable contribution to nature. Return to your hotel in a private vehicle with magical memories of your day.

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, Jul 2018

MY two daughters really enjoyed this experience. Feeding the pandas was amazing and we were really able to get close to them for some great pictures. I have always loved bears so it was wonderful to see what goes into taking care of them here. We actually wish there would have been a bit more work for us to do. It seems they have so many tourists coming through for this that there really isn't enough work to do. My other concern is also that they advertise these Pandas are being treated to be released back into the wild, however we saw no signs that they would be released. It appears they are only being kept for breeding purposes and to raise money from the tourists. All in all it was still a good experience and we are happy to help contribute to keeping the Panda Breed thriving.

, Jan 2018

This is an amazing opportunity to be so close to pandas. I couldn't believe I would be face-to-face with a panda, so close that I could feel their breath while feeding them. All the chores we performed were easy and fun. Our super guide, Jenny, was very knowledgeable of the Panda Center as well as Chengdu. Sam, from Samtour, always responded quickly to all of my questions. Thank you Jenny and Sam for making our visit so magical and memorable.

, Jan 2018

We booked this tour two days in a row and were so glad we did. We'll do this again on our next trip to China. This was definitely the highlight of our trip.

, Nov 2017

This was a breathtaking experience. Special thanks to my tour guide, Jenny. She and the driver picked me up from my hotel in Chengdu City and drove me 90 minutes away. Jenny was with me the entire day and took amazing photos and videos of meshe wasnt allowed to come pet/hug the panda with me, but the staff took photos and videos for me with my iPhone. Volunteer work was easy and not demanding at all. Great exposure to the pandas and seeing truly a magical place.

, Nov 2017

This was a great experience. You do get up close and personal with the pandas and the knowledgeable panda keepers. The buffet lunch is local food and fantastic. The guide and driver made this experience exceptional Thank you Worlay and Mister Pan. I would recommend this to any panda or animal lover and any US residents who want to see Bao Bao she looks great. Thanks Samtour, for a great day.

, Oct 2017

Awesome and just the best thing ever. This is a once in a life time chance and I enjoyed every moment. It was educational as well as fun. The lovely lunch was a bonus.

, Aug 2017

My only complaint was the hot polyester green shirt we had to wear. Everything else was perfect. Cleaning panda poo wasn't too hard and was interesting. Of course feeding the pandas was amazing. And surprisingly scary being so close to them. Plus they give you two chances to get the best pics possible. The hour long documentary is very interesting. And walking around the grounds and seeing pandas at play was awesome. We did have to wait in the office a couple times in between activities but we made friends with the other volunteers so we were never bored. And the Chinese cafeteria food was great and plentiful.

, Jul 2017

I would give this tour higher rating if this was possible. The three of us who did the tour together, are still overwhelmed with the experience of working so closely with the pandas. Our guide took excellent pictures of our adventure.

, May 2017

Would rate it 6 stars if possible. An amazing experience and one that shouldn't be missed. It isn't some lame just stand around and do nothing experience. You actively participate and it is fulfilling in many ways. This was the best thing my wife and I experienced during our visit.

, May 2017

Amazing day! Up close and personal with the pandas! Paying to hold panda was excessive but all the money goes to the sanctuary so it's worth it. Wonderful creatures!

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